4th of July Ideas Supporting Small Businesses

local independence day ideas

Shower thought: Every year, we celebrate Independence Day with fireworks and gaudy décor. How much of the party supplies we buy, however, are even made in the US?

One of my favorite Independence Day pastimes is spending the evening at a barbecue with close friends and sipping on an ice-cold, fruity beverage, as neighbors in the distance shoot fireworks into the sky.

The red, white, and blue palette is an obvious choice for such a patriotic holiday, but do we undermine patriotism by buying Independence Day-themed top hats and table linens that aren’t produced right at home? The color palette isn’t reserved for only Americans to use, of course, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be more mindful of where we source our goods from.

The debate might be better saved for another day, but you can still celebrate the hard work of American producers by shopping at your local farmers market. Instead of going for the gaudy décor at a big chain store, which probably won’t be produced in the US, shop local. You can create Independence Day-themed snacks and pick out a few decorations from producers just a drive away.

1. Bake and sip with strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries to feed the need for red, white, and blue.

Farmers markets are ripe with summer berries in July. Depending on climate, some ingredients might not be available. No worries. Substitute away.

4th of july drink
(Real Fruit Spritzer via Apron Strings Blog).

4th of july vegan ideas
(Festive Raspberry & Blueberry Tart via Blissful Basil).

rustic 4th of july
(Berry Cake via i heart eating).

2. Decorate with red, white, and blue produced right in the US. Better yet, make it a do-it-yourself project.

independence day candles
(American Flag Mason Jar Candles via Sweet Sarahlynn’s).

You might not be able to pick up 4th of July-themed candles from a craftsperson near you, but look no further than Etsy for producers just a few states away.

independence day flower delivery
(Flowers via Helen Olivia Flowers).

Support small businesses by calling your local florist for your own personalized centerpiece. Although they might not have the inventory, you can always ask if they carry US-grown flowers.

How will you celebrate Independence Day mindfully? Answer in the comments!

Sweets Diagrams by Song Sweet Song

Bunny parfait and apple carving by songsweetsong
Bunny parfait and apple carving diagram (via Song Sweet Song).

In this combination of food and design, a Thailand-based interior designer creates fun diagrams of recipe how-tos. The materials, procedure, and assembly are illustrated using Copic markers, while an iPhone depicts the final product.

Bunny sugar cookie by songsweetsong
Bunny sugar cookie diagram (via Song Sweet Song).

The designer and foodie, who goes by Song, “loves baking and sharing tutorials” (Song Sweet Song). Song’s food creations are shared via social media, including Facebook and Instagram. Leaning on the side of cute food design, posts include edible versions of animal characters, Disney characters, and more.

According to her posts, Song draws diagrams to plan recipes based on the materials in her refrigerator. Although overly meticulous for a snack plan at home, the product is a detailed and eye-catching collection of illustrations.

Dougnut pop by songsweetsong
Dougnut pop diagram (via Song Sweet Song).

Honey toast and bunny ice cream by songsweetsong
Honey toast and bunny ice cream diagram (via Song Sweet Song).

Domo-Themed Treats by Fans

Domo-themed treats

Domo, or domo-kun (どーも くん), is a Japanese character that often appears on television sketches. Hatched from an egg, this cute monster looks frightening at first glance but is described as having a “gentle soul with a body of pure fluff” (Domo Nation).

Domo has captured hearts across the world and is making appearances in pop culture and in households. Foodies have featured this Japanese mascot in their desserts, ranging from Domo cookies to Domo cake pops, and more. Below are just a few of the numerous homemade Domo-themed treats made by fans (some include recipes).

Domo heart cookies from alanabread
Heart-shaped Domo cookies (via alanabread).

Christmas-themed Domo cookies from Diamonds for Dessert
Christmas-themed Domo cookies (via Diamonds for Dessert).

Domo cookies from Pikko's House
Domo cookies (via Pikko’s House).

Domo TKOs from Diamonds for Dessert
Domo TKOs from Diamonds for Dessert
Domo TKOs (via Diamonds for Dessert).

Domo cake from doughseedough
Domo cake (via doughseedough).

Domo cake from made with love
Domo cake (via made with love).

Domo cake pops via Cake Central
Domo cake pops (via Cake Central).